The American Friend
DIRECTOR: WIM WENDERS
CAST: DENNIS HOPPER, BRUNO GANZ, LISA KREUZER
Adapting Ripley’s Game, the third of Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels, Wenders cast Dennis Hopper as his slippery lead, this time working on an art forgery scheme in Hamburg, where he meets Bruno Ganz’s terminally ill picture framer and seduces the dying man into taking an assassination job. Lucidly and luridly photographed by cinematographer Robby Müller and featuring cameos by Sam Fuller, Nicholas Ray, and Jean Eustache.